The Department of Health is dedicated to protecting access for patients with qualifying conditions and ensuring products are safe, quality tested and accurately labeled. Below we highlight programmatic updates relating to legislation, rules, and policies.
- Accepting public comment on proposed amendments to chapter 246-72 WAC
Updated April 8, 2022
The Department has proposed amendments to WAC 246-72
The Department of Health has filed a CR-102 under WSR 22-03-054 on January 14, 2022, proposing amendments to chapter 246-72 WAC - Medical Cannabis Consultant Certification. The proposed rules intend to enhance and clarify training requirements and practice parameters of a medical cannabis certified consultant.
The public hearing took place February 22, 2022, and the public period has closed.
- What does it mean to be a medically endorsed cannabis retailer?
Posted July 7, 2021
Check out our new guide designed to help licensed cannabis retailers and their staff learn about a medical endorsement, how to apply for one, and then how to set up your store account within the medical cannabis authorization database so you're ready to serve the patient community. See A Cannabis Retailer's Guide to the Medical Cannabis Endorsement (PDF).
- Consultant Certification CPR Skills Demonstration Requirement Suspension Extended
Posted September 3, 2021
WAC 246-72-020-Certificate Requirements and WAC 246-72-080-Renewals and updating license information. Current certificate requirements for medical cannabis certified consultants (MMCC) under WAC 246-72-020 require an initial applicant to have obtained a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) card from a training course that includes both a written examination and skills demonstration test in order to receive a MMCC credential from the Department of Health (department). The department is amending this section of rule to temporarily suspend the skills demonstration portion of the CPR requirement to allow initial applicants to move forward in the department's application process during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response. WAC 246-72-080-Renewals does not specify CPR requirements include a skills demonstration test to be compliant, however the department interprets this requirement to be the same as defined in WAC 246-72-020 filed as WSR #21-18-013 (PDF).
- Tax exemptions for cannabis products sold to qualifying patients possessing recognition cards
Posted October 22, 2021
For the purposes of RCW 82.08.9888(1)(a) and 82.12.9998(1)(a) a “compliant cannabis product” as identified by the Department of Health in chapter 246-70 WAC is any cannabis product purchased by qualifying patients possessing a recognition card. Filed as WSR #21-22-016 (PDF).
- Concerning in-person cardiopulmonary resuscitation requirements to obtain a consultant certification
Posted September 26, 2020
Addressing the impact COVID-19 response measures are having on new and renewing medical cannabis certified consultants to obtain an in-person cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training program containing a skills demonstration test.
- Medical cannabis consultant rules are open for amendment
Posted March 3, 2020
Medical cannabis consultant rules are open for amendment.
The Department of Health has opened chapter 246-72 WAC - Medical Cannabis Consultant Certification rules to consider amendments. More information is on our rules in Progress webpage.
- Washington State Healthcare Provider Education: Medical Use of Cannabis 1.0 - Now available for registration!
Posted November 15, 2019
The Washington Provider Education: Medical Use of Cannabis 1.0 course is now available for registration. This course was developed in collaboration with the Washington State Boards and Commissions to offer health care practitioners another option for obtaining CME/CE credits.
The course covers an overview of Washington state laws and rules, healthcare provider authorization requirements and guidelines, medical cannabis authorization amounts, the endocannabinoid system and the pharmacology of cannabis, therapeutic rationale and dosing best practices, and more. See more on our Authorization Practice Guidelines webpage.
- House Bill 1094 - Compassionate Care Renewals (new law, new form and new process)
Posted October 25, 2019
Effective July 28, 2019, House Bill 1094 established compassionate care renewals which allows a health care practitioner to renew a qualifying patient's medical cannabis authorization form via telemedicine, if requiring an in-person physical examination to renew would likely result in a severe hardship to the patient because of their physical or emotional condition. Additionally, a compassionate care renewal eligible patient is exempt from having to be physically present to obtain a new photo to renew their recognition card, instead, allowing the qualifying patient's designated provider renew on their behalf.
To implement the new law, the Department of Health:
- modified system functionality of the medical cannabis authorization database;
- revised the medical cannabis authorization form to provide a way for the health care practitioner to indicate eligibility; and,
- amended existing rules under chapter 246-71 WAC to align with the new law.